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Oakland Celebrity Chef Tanya Holland Lands Cooking Show on Oprah’s TV Network

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Brown Sugar Kitchen founder Tanya Holland’s cooking show, Tanya’s Kitchen Table, will drop on Oprah Winfrey’s TV network on November 14.
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  • Just this summer, Tanya Holland, the chef and owner of Oakland soul food restaurant Brown Sugar Kitchen, told Eater SF that she’d been attempting to break into the TV world for years, but that producers “never know where to put me,” and that as a result, she’s had to “go out and create [my] own opportunities.” That strategy has paid off, it appears, as Holland’s original cooking show, Tanya’s Kitchen Table will launch on Oprah Winfrey’s cable channel, OWN, on Saturday, November 14. Holland’s show is part of a four-show programming block dedicated to Black chefs, and will air at from 1:30-2:00 p.m. ET/PT. According to a press release, Holland “will showcase the beauty of ‘cooking local while thinking global’” and will offer viewers “a one-of-a-kind course in cooking and some professional tips and tricks along the way.”
  • Sam DuVall, the founder of San Francisco restaurants like Izzy’s Steakhouse, Elite Cafe, and Cafe Royale, died on November of “old age,” Izzy’s said via press release. He was 80 years old. A Mississippi native, DuVall moved to SF in 1964 and began his food career in 1967, first opening Front Room Pizza at California and Larkin Streets before building out a 30-restaurant empire. His family has since created a memorial website “to honor him and collect stories of a life well lived,” Izzy’s says in an Instagram post, and tributes can be left at Izzy’s San Francisco location.
  • San Francisco’s Office of Economic and Workforce Development announced Monday that the city is offering $3.5 million in loans to restaurants and other small businesses suffering during the coronavirus crisis. Questions from Eater SF regarding details like qualifications and loan repayment requirements for businesses that still shutter after borrowing the money were not responded to as of publication time. Those who are interested can apply here, the deadline is November 25 at 11:59 p.m.
  • San Francisco-based reviews site/restaurant industry nemesis Yelp will launch a podcast called Behind the Review on November 12. The show ”will explore why [reviewers] were compelled to review the business in the first place, if an issue was resolved, what about their experience was unique, and what other business owners can learn from the customer’s perspective.” [Yelp]
  • SF’s Board of Supervisors is expected to vote on a plan today to forgive rent for “restaurants, fish processing warehouses” and other businesses along SF’s port, to the tune of about $13.5 million. [SF Examiner]

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